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Why is 2015 the European Year for Development?

A short explanation of why 2015 is such an important year, and why it has been chosen as the European Year for Development.

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2015 – The European Year of Development

On 1 September, Dóchas submitted the National Activity Plan for the “European Year of Development” 2015 to the European Commission Representation. Find out what that is all about.

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New opinion poll: 85% of Irish people think it’s important to help people in developing countries.

A new eurobarometer poll confirms that public opinion in Ireland, and across the EU, in favour of overseas aid remains consistently high.

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Seanad Éireann debates Ireland’s development policy

On 9 May, exactly one week after the Government launched its new “Policy for International Development”, the Seanad debated the new policy with Minister Joe Costello.

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Continue Reading 23/05/2013 at 9:54 am 3 comments

European NGOs set out their vision of a new approach to tackling poverty

Human rights and a focus on the multidimensional scope of poverty should be at the centre of the agenda that replaces the Millennium Development Goals – due to expire in less than two years’ time – according to a new position from CONCORD’s Beyond 2015 European Taskforce.

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Continue Reading 03/05/2013 at 2:41 pm 1 comment

Aid to poor countries falls further

Reactions to the latest OECD statistics which show that, despite pledges to the contrary, donor aid budgets are falling.

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Towards the end of tax dodging?

Tax dodging by multinationals is finally becoming a hot topic in political debate.

In early April, news media reported on the first results of a major research project by the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. This project revealed deliberate tax dodging by a wide range of wealthy individuals, using the same tactics as a large number of global companies.

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Continue Reading 12/04/2013 at 11:52 am 1 comment

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One of the most important graphs. Ever. http://ourworldindata.org/data/health/maternal-mortality/
Today is World Food Day. A day to celebrate that the days of truly enormous famines are over: http://blog.concern.net/global-hunger-index-2015-mapping-the-worlds-hunger
Meet "Chocolate Mamas", producers of chocolate in #Tanzania, creating Tanzanian jobs. While #cocoa is grown in West Africa and Asia, most #chocolate (the finished product) is made in Europe or the USA. Meet Jaki Kweka, who is trying to change that.
By creating protected areas and national parks and by limiting the spread of soy bean cultivation, Brazil has managed to drastically reduce the amount of rain forest being cleared. http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/deforestation-in-the-amazon-has-plummeted-almost-90pt/
Costa Rica, #Afghanistan, China, #India and Albania are all embracing renewable energy sources. http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2015/sep/15/five-developing-countries-ditching-fossil-fuels-china-india-costa-rica-afghanistan-albania?CMP=share_btn_tw
Social change needs empowered citizens, and empowered citizens need occasional encouragement. Great to hear that we're not the only ones who believe in the power of positive news!
50,000 rice farmers in #IvoryCoast are now working with better seeds, improving food security in the West African country. As a result, harvests have increased. Source: World Bank, photo: Jbdodane / CC BY
Sub-Saharan Africa’s first light rail system starts operations. As Ethiopians celebrate their New Year, they also prepare to mark the beginning of operations of a tram system in the #Ethiopian capital #AddisAbaba. Read more: http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-09-20-sub-saharan-africas-first-light-rail-system-starts-operationsyou-guessed-it-in-ethiopia
Going Mobile in #Malawi”. A mobile phone information service established last year to provide timely information to rural poor farmers in a southern African country, has been used nearly half a million times since its launch. Established in Malawi by Gorta-Self Help Africa last year, the ‘321’ voice-activated service provides subscribers to the country’s largest mobile phone network with farm information and advice that they can access at the push of a button. And it’s all free.
Read more at http://dochas.ie/sites/default/files/The-Worlds-Best-News-2015_0.pdf
10,000 copies of "The World's Best News" were distributed all over #ireland today! See how The Irish Times described our newspaper, and click the link to read all the articles online! http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/people/inside-out/have-you-read-the-world-s-best-news-1.2355806

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